Also see the Satellite Edition of this week’s Healthcare Update over at ER Stories.
Seven secrets of the ER … including quotes from GruntDoc. Among them, fretch if you want to get to a room more quickly and never lie to your ER nurse.
Secret #1 in my hospital: Stop calling it the “ER” already. It’s the emergency department.
Want to know why it’s called the emergency department? Here’s an explanation from About.com.
Defensive medicine accounts for $650 billion of the $2.5 trillion spent on healthcare annually – or about 25% of all health care dollars. Press release here. I know, I know. Propaganda. Even so, that number is just a little bit more than the figures that the AAJ is throwing around.
Study shows that repeal of malpractice caps in Illinois will increase liability claim costs by 18%. I know. More propaganda.
Treat me or I’ll BLAST ya’. Nurse and former hospital employee uses guns to get quicker care for a kidney stone, then gets a long-term admit to the Greybar Motel. If this guy got brought back acting all Yosemite Sam with me, I’d be like this:
“Yeah, we’re going to give you this IV pain medication that’s great for kidney stones. It’s called succinylcholine. Then, since the department is crowded today, we’re going to have you share a room with this other patient. By the way, you’re not wearing a G-string, are you?”
Medical malpractice caps are unconstitutional, huh? Fine, then we’ll change the constitution. After Illinois Supreme Court throws out malpractice reform due to concerns with constitutionality, Illinois State Senator Dave Luechtefeld introduces constitutional amendment that would allow legislation limiting non-economic damages.
Child dies when EMTs are dispatched to Avenue C in Brooklyn but the emergency was on Avenue C in Manhattan.
Canadian Premier leaves Canada to have minimally invasive heart surgery done in Florida, then writes a check to cover the cost. I like the free market principles at work here, but what does this decision say about Canadian health care? Canadian docs aren’t very happy. Hat tip to 911Doc.
Coming soon to a ballpark near you – warning labels on hot dogs. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, hot dogs are allegedly “too flexible” and are a choking hazard to children, necessitating a change in design. Worse yet, hot dogs could shoot your eye out (hat tip to Overlawyered)
Enter … the dogburger.
In other news, due to this report, JCAHO has now mandated that all patients eat only pureed food as a patient safety measure. Oh … and all children will have to get gastrostomy tubes placed so that they won’t choke when trying to swallow food.
I feel a rant coming on …
Alaskan psychiatrists being sued for prescribing unnecessary psychiatric drugs to children.
Six family members hospitalized, five in the ICU, after eating homemade beef stew. I’m no Emeril Lagasse, but when making a stew, pulling weeds out of the backyard and putting them in the pot probably isn’t the best idea … especially when one of the weeds isn’t “mint” but is instead hallucinogenic jimsonweed. Hat tip to LA Times Booster Shots.